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Because We Are Yours

"But now, says the LORD, who created you, Jacob, and formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine."

—Isaiah 43:1

Prayers at Missionaries of Charity, India

Photo by Karl Grobl for CRS

I did not know You

But I was Yours.

And they do not know me

And I do not know them

But they are mine

And I am theirs.

Let no chasm, no river, no drought or storm,

No war, no exodus, no border, natural or constructed,

No device of man nor devil

Come between us

Or halt the love that burns within me,

The grace that flows from you.

Let me think on no man

unless I think joyful thoughts of brotherhood,

Let me think on no woman

unless I think tender thoughts of sisterhood,

Friend and stranger,

Ally and enemy,



They are mine

And I am theirs,

Because we are Yours.


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